Parabellum by Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey
Paperback354 pages
Expected publication: October 20th, 2020

A shooting at a Chicago beach leaves several dead and dozens injured. In the year before the attack, four individuals emerge as possible suspects.

An apathetic computer programmer.
An ex-college athlete with a history of head injuries. 
An Army veteran turned Chicago cop.
A despondent high school student.
One of them is the shooter. Discover who and why.

My Review

You might recall a few years back I posted a guest post from author Greg Hickey. Well, Hickey's latest book,  Parabellum,  is due to be released in October and it's a must-read for those looking for great crime fiction.

If you read crime fiction you will probably recognize the title Parabellum. Prepare for war, ( Latin meaning)  is also the name of a German semiautomatic pistol,  known as the Luger. And, you might not be surprised that this book's plot, of a mass shooting, at a beach of innocent victims, is done by a psychopath with a tendency to purge the disloyal.
I believe, many of us, have trouble grasping an understanding of evil. It's difficult to comprehend a plausible reason for acts which we deem are perpetrated by senseless, noxious, disconnected human beings. We often want to believe that all involved live in relative obscurity but we are aware this is not necessarily the case.

This engrossing and heinous storyline will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers as the author skillfully provides motives that help guide us to make analytic and synthetic judgments.
I must say that I appreciate the opening chapter. Hickey throws it out there and spares no punches about our Neurons and how they transmit information making us aware of the possibility of electrical storms in the brain. 

Hickey's story flashes back a little over a year and shows the lives of 4 suspects. Set in Chicago, we learn all suspects have frequented the area near Ohio Street Beach where the mass shootings occur and recognize all suspects must play some part in the end.

In conclusion, this book is cleverly written and you can draw your own impression of who maintained they had pure reason to perpetrate a massacre. 

Perhaps the book’s greatest strength is it makes us realize that we all can have the courage to confront evil and can take comfort in our collective struggle at understanding it- be it by parabellum - or not.

I received a copy of this book through the generosity of author Greg Hickey.

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 Greg Hickey 
 was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete, and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.